The hook is probably one of the most vital yet under-appreciated parts of a fishing rig. Without a hook, there will be nothing for the fish to grab onto so you can reel him into the boat. Also, there will be nothing for you to put your bait on if you’re using shrimp, squid, pinfish or some other type of live bait.
Fishing charters around Orlando and the Indian River Lagoon will keep a variety of hooks onboard. Which ones they use will depend on the bait, the type of fish they’re targeting and whether they plan on keeping their catch or throwing them back.
To those with no experience, fishing involves nothing more than dropping a line with some bait into the water, waiting for a bite and reeling the fish in. To experienced anglers and offshore fishing charters, this is just plain crazy. Getting the fish from the water into the boat involves much more than this.
As we’ll explain below, which method you use will depend on the type of fish you’re after. Just as there are diverse species of fish in the Atlantic, so too are their preferences and habits. Some fish just hang around the bottom while others swim higher up in the water column where their food of choice is.
Florida’s Atlantic coast, especially from Cocoa Beach on south toward the Keys, is known throughout the world for its amazing blue color. Unlike other coastal areas around Florida, the Continental Shelf is rather narrow off Cocoa Beach and points south, meaning the water depth drops off pretty significantly only a few miles offshore.
The Continental Shelf and the slope that drops off a few miles offshore are pretty significant for a variety of reasons.
Homosassa charters discuss what seagrass is and why it’s an invaluable part of a successful fishing trip
While they may look like underwater grasses, seagrass is in fact a type of flowering plant that evolved from land plants millions of years ago. According to estimates, Florida has over 2.2 million acres of seagrass throughout its inshore waters. The state’s Gulf Coast is home to two of the largest seagrass beds in all of North America.
Seagrass is often confused with seaweed, but they are in fact two distinct plants that are vastly different in terms of ecology, morphology and physiology.
There are many spots throughout coastal Louisiana where charters can go searching for Redfish. If they’re staying around inshore waters because the open Gulf is a little rough, Redfish can be found around grassy areas near the shoreline.
If charters are offshore looking for more mature Redfish, they may be found around rocky outcroppings (i.e. a jetty) and around other reefs, both natural and manmade. Most of the ocean bottom around south Terrebonne Louisiana consists of sand. Large oyster beds are the most common natural reefs found in this area.
In order to help bolster fish populations along the Gulf coast, all 5 states have their own Artificial Reef Program. According to William Seaman, Jr. and the National Wildlife Federation, an artificial reef can be defined as “one or more objects of natural or human origin deployed purposefully on the sea floor to influence physical, biological or socioeconomic processes related to living marine resources.”
Ask any fisherman or woman in Florida and chances are that they’ll all agree that Florida is the kayak fishing capital of the world. Of course other state’s fishermen may disagree, but it’s hard to argue that Florida isn’t up there with the best of them. The only argument you’ll find amongst fellow Florida kayak fisherman is where the hottest region to fish is, which species is the most fun to catch or what baits/lures work best. So let’s take this opportunity to focus on Tampa Bay kayak fishing and what some of the best baits/lures to use to catch the wide variety of fish that you’ll find swimming inshore. Read More
Although fishing regulations are based on a particular fish’s length, it’s the weight of the catch we all care about. Fishing records for example are based on weight, so if you snag a particularly large Redfish, Snook or Speckled trout, you’ll want to weigh him so you can brag about it later to your friends.
If you have a good fish story to tell, the fish’s weight will be the first thing they will ask about, so you’ll want to be ready. Now we’re not suggesting you inflate the number by 20% to make yourself look better, but in the end, how you tell your fish lies (…oops stories) is entirely up to you.